The Conflict in Niger Delta

Topics: Nigeria, Ogoni people, Royal Dutch Shell Pages: 4 (1099 words) Published: February 8, 2011
Introduction
The Niger Delta region of Nigeria is one of the most blessed deltas in the world, in both human and material resources. It would be suffice to say that the unfavourable manner, in which these resources have been harnessed over time, is the nuisance of the regions dilemma today. Thus, the people of the region are prone to a number of health hazards and socio economic constrains which for long has made the people more impulsive resulting in youths agitation: conflicts between youths and community leaders, youths and government agencies, youths and multinational companies and so on. Attempts by government and multinational companies (operating in the area) to address this ugly scenario of reckless destruction of lives and property as well as interference on the exploration process of crude oil, refining and distribution of petroleum products has not yielded the desired results. Considering the amount of deprivations and damages the activities of the multinational corporations which are into crude oil explorations has caused the people in the region dating back to 1956 for some communities –pollution, environmental degradation leading to low agricultural yield, destruction of aquatic life, home displacement, etc. It is obvious that the multinational companies operating in the area have not done enough to satisfy the yearning and aspirations of the people. Another factor observed to have further fueled the tension in the region, is the failure of the multinational corporations to meet with their earlier promises to their host communities. Some community representatives – community heads and youth leaders, who do negotiate deals with the companies on behalf of their respective communities, are not selfless. They are more interested in what will benefit themselves and their immediate family members at the detriment of their respective communities. Today, some of the problems confronting the various communities in the Niger-Delta region include: *...
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